Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A company of badgers. See Synonyms at flock1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cetacean
  • n. A company of badgers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Cetacea, or collectively, the Cetacea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An order of monodelphian Mammalia, superorder Educabilia, containing the true cetaceans, as whales, dolphins, etc.
  • In some systems of zoölogical classification, a suborder of Cetomorpha. Also Ceta.
  • n. A company; a number together: said of badgers. Strutt, Sports and Pastimes, p. 80.
  • n. A whale.

Etymologies

Middle English, possibly from Medieval Latin cetus, assembly, from Latin coetus, a coming together, variant of coitus; see coitus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Creavitque Deus cete grandia, et omnem animam viventem atque motabilem, quam produxerant aquæ in species suas, et omne volatile secundum genus suum.

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  • (And God said, let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature which hath a living soul.) “Creavit Deus cete grandia, et omnem animam viventem, atque motabilem quam produxerant aquæ.”

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • There are some lovely examples of peculiar collective nouns in the English language, like an exultation of larks, a pride of lions, a cete of badgers and a convocation of eagles.

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  • Some examples: A shrewdness of apes, cete of badgers, army of caterpillars, knot of toads, unkindness of ravens, or a clowder of cats. link

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  • The word commonly rendered whales (cetos vel cete) might in my judgment be not improperly translated thynnus or tunny fish, as corresponding with the Hebrew word thaninim.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 1

  • _ Show him into the Parlour -- _Senior tome vind sueipora; cete

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  • Marcell.v. Cetarii -- "cete in mari majora sunt piscium genera."

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  • A detachment of marshal Soult's army occupied Alba - cete on the 3d instant, and a small detachment of cavalry was as far forward as Mioaya en the 6lh instant.

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  • I hate getting badgered, a group of them would be even worse.

    September 6, 2008

  • Related to set in some way? Or if not, to what? Whales?

    November 16, 2007

  • A group of badgers

    November 16, 2007